Formen des Krieges 1600-1815
Das Zelt des Großwesirs
Neuer Museumsraum (Neues Schloss)
Friedensbeginn? Bayern 1918-1923

Objekt des Monats

Helm der republikanischen Schutztruppe, Helm um 1916, (Bemalung nach 1918), Inv.-Nr. 0222-1972 © Bayerisches Armeemuseum

Visiting the museum is again possible without special requirements (vaccinated, tested...).
Due to the still high incidence values, however, we are sticking to the
obligation to wear a medical mask in our houses until further notice.

History of the Bavarian Army Museum

The old Army Museum in Munich (today bavarian state chancellery) © Bayerisches ArmeemuseumNew Castle (since 1972 domicile of the Bavarian Army Museum) © Bayerisches ArmeemuseumDetail of the Reduit Tilly © Bayerisches ArmeemuseumTurm Triva © Bayerisches Armeemuseum

In 1879, King Ludwig II founded the Museum at the instigation of General Friedrich von Bothmers and War Minister Joseph Maximilian von Maillinger. At first, it was accommodated in the arsenal in Munich (today Lothstrasse), and then from 1904 in the newly constructed monumental building at the Hofgarten (today the Bavarian State Chancellery). The original permanent exhibition (since 1905) showed weapons and trophies from Bavarian army history and exhibits from Franconian and Swabian arsenals. In 1936, an exhibition addressing the First World War was presented for the first time, displaying items collected since 1918. During and after the Second World War the collection was greatly depleted, as the Museum lost about a third of its inventory as a result of theft and destruction.
The Allied Military Administration had the Museum closed in 1945 and handed over its stocks to the Bavarian National Museum. It was not until 1963 that it was re-established by Ministerial decree and the New Castle in Ingolstadt was chosen as its site. The move was made in 1969, and the exhibition in the New Castle was opened in 1972.

During the 1990s, the Museum annexed the Reduit Tilly, a fortified structure on the south side of the Danube. It was here that the permanent exhibition on "The First World War" was opened in 1994.

At the end of 2011 in the Turm Triva the Bavarian Police Museum was opened. Here you can see the history of the bavarian police from 1918/19 to the present days.